The deadline for countries to submit their applications in order to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest ended on Tuesday  15 September, hereafter all applicant countries have a second chance period to confirm until 10 October and decide if they are to participate in the competition or not without a financial penalty.

A maximum  of 46 countries will be allowed to enter the competition next year according to the rules and regulations of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. So far 34 countries have confirmed their participation at next year’s Eurovision.

More countries are expected to confirm their respective participation in the coming days. We are yet awaiting to see if Turkey, Slovakia and Morocco announce their decision and confirm their participation.

Ukraine will return to the contest after a year’s absence. Both Bulgaria and Bosnia Herzegovina have confirmed their respective preliminary participation in Stockholm.

An aproximate number of 40 countries are expected to join the party next year in Stockholm. Andorra, Luxembourg and Monaco will not participate in the contest next year.

We will not see Liechtenstein debut in Eurovision next year either, the tiny principality has yet to become an active member of the EBU.

A mystery still remains if Australia will be invited back to the competition next year, taking into account how popular the contest is and the good results Guy Sebastian achived in Vienna.

Confirmed countries

Sweden
Norway
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Czech Republic
Belgium
The Netherlands
Germany
Greece
Switzerland
France
Belarus
Ireland
Malta
United Kingdom
Cyprus
Azerbaijan
Austria
Spain
Slovenia
Georgia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Italy
Bulgaria
Ukraine
Israel
Albania
San Marino
FYR Macedonia
Armenia

Yet to confirm

Russia
Turkey
Moldova
Montenegro
Slovakia
Hungary
Serbia
Portugal
Poland
Australia
Romania
Croatia
Morocco